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Danielle Steel

Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel is an American writer, best known for her romance novels. She is the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold, she has written 179 books, including over 146 novels. Based in California for most of her career, Steel has produced several books a year juggling up to five projects at once. Despite "a resounding lack of critical acclaim", all her novels have been bestsellers, including those issued in hardback, her formula is consistent involving rich families facing a crisis, threatened by dark elements such as prison, fraud and suicide. Steel has published children's fiction and poetry, as well as raising funds for the treatment of mental disorders, her books have been translated into 43 languages, with 22 adapted for television, including two that have received Golden Globe nominations. Steel was born Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel in New York City to a German father and a Portuguese mother.

Her father, John Schulein-Steel, was a German-Jewish immigrant and a descendant of owners of Löwenbräu beer. Her mother, Norma da Camara Stone dos Reis, was the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat, she spent much of her childhood in France, where from an early age she was included in her parents' dinner parties, giving her an opportunity to observe the habits and lives of the wealthy and famous. Her parents divorced when she was eight, she was raised by her father seeing her mother. Steel started writing stories as a child, by her late teens had begun writing poetry. Raised Catholic, she thought of becoming a nun during her early years. A 1965 graduate of the Lycée Français de New York, she studied literature design and fashion design, first at Parsons School of Design and at New York University. Steel married French-American banker Claude-Eric Lazard in 1965 at age 18. While a young wife, still attending New York University, Steel began writing, completing her first manuscript at the age of 19.

After the birth of their daughter Beatrix, Steel worked for a public-relations agency in New York called Supergirls. A client, Ladies' Home Journal editor John Mack Carter, encouraged her to focus on writing, having been impressed with her freelance articles, he suggested. She moved to San Francisco, worked as a copywriter for Grey Advertising, her first novel, Going Home, was published in 1972. The novel contained many of the themes that her writing would become well known for, including a focus on family issues and human relationships; the heroine of Going Home was a divorced single mother. Steel and Lazard divorced in 1974. While still married to Lazard, Steel met Danny Zugelder while interviewing an inmate in a prison near Lompoc, where Zugelder was incarcerated, he moved in with Steel when he was paroled in June 1973, but returned to prison in early 1974 on robbery and rape charges. After receiving her divorce from Lazard in 1975, she married Zugelder in the prison canteen, she divorced him in 1978, but the relationship spawned Passion's Promise and Now and Forever, the two novels that launched her career.

Steel married her third husband, William George Toth, the day after her divorce from Zugelder was finalized. She was eight months pregnant with his child. With the success of her fourth book, The Promise, she became a participant in San Francisco high society while Toth, a former drug addict, was left out, they divorced in March 1981. Steel married for the fourth time in 1981. Traina subsequently gave him his family name. Together they had an additional five children, Victoria, Vanessa, a fashion stylist and Zara. Coincidentally, beginning with her marriage to Traina in 1981, Steel has been a near-permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestsellers lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having a book on the New York Times Bestseller List for the most consecutive weeks of any author—381 consecutive weeks at that time. Since her first book was published, every one of her novels has hit bestseller lists in paperback, each one released in hardback has been a hardback bestseller.

During this time Steel contributed to her first non-fiction work. Having a Baby was published in 1984 and featured a chapter by Steel about suffering through miscarriage; the same year she published a book of poetry, Love: Poems. Steel ventured into children's fiction, penning a series of 10 illustrated books for young readers; these books, known as the "Max and Martha" series, aim to help children face real life problems: new baby, new school, loss of loved one, etc. In addition, Steel has authored the "Freddie" series; these four books address other real life situations: first night away from home, trip to the doctor, etc. Determined to spend as much time as possible with her own children, Steel wrote at night, making do with only four hours of sleep. Steel is a prolific author releasing several books per year; each book takes 2½ years to complete, so Steel has developed an ability to juggle up to five projects at once, researching one book while outlining another writing and editing additional books.

Her fear of flying created so many challenges in the early 1980s that she went through an eight-week course based out of the San Francisco airport to overcome her fear. In 1993 Steel sued a writer who intended to disclose in her book that her son Nick was adopted by her then-current husband John Traina, despite the fact that adoption records are sealed in California. A Sa

The Enemy of My Enemy

The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right is a book by political science professor George Michael of the University of Virginia Wise. It examines the alliances between neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, white separatists with Islamists such as Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Egyptian Islamic Jihad, it was published in April 2006 by University Press of Kansas as a 397-page hardcover. In the book Michael examines the positions of neo-Nazi and Islamist groups on American foreign policy, the media and the so-called New World Order. Both camps share a "fervent anti-Semitism, accompanied by strong pro-Palestinian views, anger over Israel's influence on American policymakers, opposition to the Iraq War and the U. S. presence in the Middle East." Political Science Quarterly reviewed the book, writing: George Michael's The Enemy of My Enemy explores the connections and possibilities for cooperation between a threat of substantial contemporary interest to policymakers, intelligence analysts, political scientists—militant Islamic movements like the al Qaeda organization --and one that is, in many respects, an incipient one, Western right-wing extremism.

The book provides a good overview of the historical and intellectual wellsprings of these two movements, but does not provide a case that would justify alarm. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of The Weekly Standard and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies noted that the book contains extensive quotations with little analysis, but that its value "can be found in its in-depth study of the on-again, off-again love affair between radical Islam and the extreme right. How the latest chapter in this romance will play out remains to be seen." Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed. "Strange Allies – George Michael's "The Enemy of My Enemy" details the unlikely alliance between militant Islam and the extreme right". The Weekly Standard. Durham, Martin. "George Michael. The Enemy of My Enemy; the Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right – Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. 397+viii pp. ISBN 0-7006-1444-3". Terrorism and Political Violence. Routledge. 19: 435–436. Doi:10.1080/09546550701476000. Larson, Eric V..

"George Michael, The Enemy of My Enemy – The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right". Political Science Quarterly. Academy of Political Science. 122: 159–160. Doi:10.1002/j.1538-165x.2007.tb01595.x. Lerner, Saul. "The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right". Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. Project MUSE Journals. 27: 138–141. Doi:10.1353/sho.0.0272. The Enemy of My Enemy, at the publisher's website

Provo Canyon Guard Quarters

The Provo Canyon Guard Quarters is a historic building located in Provo, Utah. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Provo Canyon Guard Quarters is an important historical site, preserving the conflict held during the Utah War, a bloodless standoff between the federal government and the LDS Church which lasted from 1857 to 1858. These guard quarters were one of three fortifications built by the Mormon people in response to the threat they perceived from the federal government during the Utah War; the Provo Canyon Quarters, due to its location, was not to be involved in any battles and was assigned a mere ten men to keep up the defenses. After the Utah War this fortification served as a station to observe Native American activity until the end of the Black Hawk Indian War in 1868, after which the Guard Quarters have served little purpose; the Provo Canyon Guard Quarters are built off of U. S. Route 189 a couple on the north side of Provo Canyon; the elevation the Guard Quarters are built upon is about five thousand three hundred and thirty feet.

Although several of the walls remain intact, much of the architecture has deteriorated, giving way to scrub oak and additional vegetation. The quarters remain identifiable however. In the year 1857, president James Buchanan sent a two thousand five hundred man army into the state of Utah to fight off a rumoured Mormon rebellion. There was no rebellion, however, in order to protect the LDS Church, Brigham Young responded to this action by declaring martial law and gathering in the local militia known as the Nauvoo Legion, comprising one thousand two hundred men, it was at this time that fortifications were built in Echo Canyon, Mormon Flat, in Provo Canyon. The Utah War was resolved in 1858 as colonel Thomas L. Kane, a respected man both among the Mormon faith and among the federal troops, helped with negotiations. New governmental officials were set in place within the territory, including Alfred Cumming replacing Brigham Young as governor, federal troops were staged forty miles outside of Salt Lake City, at Camp Floyd.

When the American Civil War arose in 1861, the army was forced to abandon their encampment and leave. This turned out to advantage the Mormon people, as the army sold many of their supplies to them at a low cost. Roper, Roger. National Park Service. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form." April 1986. Carter, D. Robert, "Guard Quarters: A Den of Dereliction", Provo Daily Herald, p. B2 NRHP Listings in Provo Utah

William Petersen

William Louis Petersen is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Gil Grissom in the CBS drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, he starred in the films To Live and Die in L. A. Manhunter, Young Guns II, The Contender and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Petersen was born in Evanston, the youngest of six children of Helen June and Arthur Edward Petersen, who worked in the furniture business, he is of German descent. He has two brothers, Arthur Jr. and Robert, three sisters, Mary Kay, Elizabeth. He graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho, in 1972, he was accepted to Idaho State University on a football scholarship. While at Idaho State, Petersen took an acting course, he left school along with his wife, Joanne, in 1974, followed a drama professor to the Basque country, where he studied as a Shakespearean actor. Petersen was interested in Basque culture: He studied the Basque language and gave his daughter the Basque name Maite Nerea.

Petersen returned to Idaho with the intention of being an actor. Not wanting to work a nonacting job in Idaho, he returned to the Chicago area, living with relatives, he earned his Actors' Equity card. He performed with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, of which he has been an ensemble member since 2008, was a co-founder of the Remains Theater Ensemble, which included other prominent Chicago actors Gary Cole and Ted Levine. In 1985, Petersen received his first break when he played a Secret Service agent gone rogue to avenge his mentor in William Friedkin's 1985 action film To Live and Die in L. A. In 1986, he played FBI agent Will Graham in Manhunter; because his role was so exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of Graham after finishing principal photography. He shaved off his beard, cut his hair, bleached it blond, he claims to have done this because, while rehearsing for a play in Chicago, his dialogue was always coming out like Graham's. He declined a part in Oliver Stone's Platoon, as it would have kept him in the Philippines, away from his family.

Instead, he worked on the 1987 HBO made-for-TV movie Long Gone as a minor league baseball player and manager named Cecil "Stud" Cantrell. Petersen turned it down. An exposé about the film in the May 2015 issue of Playboy claims that Petersen turned down the audition altogether. In a 1990 ABC three-part miniseries, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, Petersen played U. S. President John F. Kennedy's father, Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy; the film won a Golden Globe from eight and two nominations, respectively. In 1990, Petersen portrayed the infamous Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett in Young Guns II. In 1993, Petersen appeared in a CBS TV miniseries, Return to Lonesome Dove, as former Ranger Gideon Walker, he played Steven Walker in Fear. Petersen played Governor Jack Hathaway, an unscrupulous candidate for vice president following the death of the incumbent, in The Contender in 2000, he appeared uncredited in the noir thriller Mulholland Falls as a character who finds himself on the violent receiving end of a Los Angeles police squad's tactics.

In 1999, he starred in Kiss the Sky as "Jeff." He appeared as part of an all-star cast in a remake of the 1997 film 12 Angry Men. From 2000 to 2010, he played Dr. Gil Grissom in the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Petersen took a break from CSI in 2006 to appear in a five-week run of the Trinity Repertory Company production of Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson, in Providence, Rhode Island. Petersen renewed his contract with CBS to appear on CSI for the 2008–09 season for $600,000 per episode. On July 15, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Petersen was leaving the show as a regular following Season 9's tenth episode in order to pursue more stage-acting opportunities, but that he might return for guest spots, he remained an executive producer of the show. He reprised his role of Gil Grissom in the eleventh-season episode "The Two Mrs. Grissoms", he came back in 2015 as a guest in the series finale, "Immortality." Petersen married longtime girlfriend Gina Cirone in June 2003. He has a daughter, from his previous marriage to Joanne Brady.

He has Mazrik William and Indigo August. He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. In 2004, he described to Playboy a near-death experience he had in the 1980s that gave him "assurance" that there is an afterlife. On July 5, 2011, Petersen and Cirone welcomed a son and daughter. On February 3, 2009, Petersen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Keep the Change as producer Hard Promises as producer Indulgences in a Louisville Harem Sixty Six Scenes of Halloween The Tooth of Crime as Hoss Balm in Gilead as Joe Conroy Moby Dick as Ahab A Class "C" Trial in Yokohama Big Time as Paul American Buffalo as Teach Once in Doubt as Painter The Chicago Conspiracy Trial Waiting for Godot The Time of Your Life as Joe Farmyard Traps Speed the Plow as Bobby Gould Source


Seßlach is a town in the district of Coburg, in northern Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 12 km southwest of Coburg and has a population close to 4,000. Seßlach is notable for its intact medieval town wall and overall historic appearance with few modern structures. Seßlach is located in Upper Franconia. To the north, the municipal territory borders on Thuringia. To the south lies the district Haßberge. Seßlach consists of 17 Stadtteile: The first written mention of the two settlements on the Kirchhügel and the Geiersberg comes from the year 800; the Abbess Emhild of the monastery Milz transferred the monasterial properties by this certificate to Fulda Abbey. In 1335, the emperor Ludwig der Bayer awarded Seßlach the status of town; this gave the residents the permission to fortify their settlement. By 1343 the first town gate had been erected; that century, the town became the seat of an Amt and a Centgericht of the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg. Seßlach was part of the Hochstift Würzburg until secularization in 1803.

Over the centuries, the town suffered more under the German Peasants' War than nearby Coburg and was damaged and plundered during the Thirty Years' War, the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars. In 1810, the Amt Seßlach came to the Kingdom of Bavaria and lost importance. In 1812, an Amtsgericht was established but in the 1929 Staatsreform. In 1972, Seßlach became part of the Landkreis Coburg. Seßlach is notable for its intact medieval town wall and overall historic appearance with few modern structures, it features many half-timbered buildings. The parish church, St. Johannes, was built in the 13th century and redesigned in Baroque style; the 2006 movie of The Robber Hotzenplotz was filmed in Seßlach. Bundesstrasse 303 passes through the municipal territory north of the town itself. Municipal website


The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial radio and television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1932, GE was forced to sell NBC as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. GE began to liquidate RCA's various divisions, but retained NBC.

Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker. In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network.

This station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas; the Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines.

The early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service. AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming.

Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network; this was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time, the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhatta